How to format your references using the Biochimie citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochimie. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
N. Bonesteel, Composite fermions pair up, Nature. 406 (2000) 840–841.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.M. McCarthy, W.A. Smith, Mechanical circulatory support--a long and winding road, Science. 295 (2002) 998–999.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.R. Goddard, H.C.J. Godfray, A. Burt, Sex increases the efficacy of natural selection in experimental yeast populations, Nature. 434 (2005) 636–640.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Q. Chen, N. Ghilardi, H. Wang, T. Baker, M.H. Xie, A. Gurney, I.S. Grewal, F.J. de Sauvage, Development of Th1-type immune responses requires the type I cytokine receptor TCCR, Nature. 407 (2000) 916–920.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
V. Niemi, K. Nyberg, Universal Mobile Telecommunications System Security, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
T. Proulx, ed., Linking Models and Experiments, Volume 2: Proceedings of the 29th IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2011, Springer, New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
H.H. Nguyen, H.-Q. Nguyen-Son, T.D. Nguyen, I. Echizen, Discriminating Between Computer-Generated Facial Images and Natural Ones Using Smoothness Property and Local Entropy, in: Y.-Q. Shi, H.J. Kim, F. Pérez-González, I. Echizen (Eds.), Digital-Forensics and Watermarking: 14th International Workshop, IWDW 2015, Tokyo, Japan, October 7-10, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 39–50.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Biochimie.

Blog post
R. Andrews, Mysterious Rogue Exoplanet’s Weather Map Revealed, IFLScience. (2015).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, Need for Additional Bilingual Education Teachers and the Availability of Training Programs To Prepare Them for Classroom Service, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
W.A. Rankinen, The Sociophonetic and Acoustic Vowel Dynamics of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula English, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2014.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
J. Kasich, The Way Forward on Health Care, New York Times. (2017) A27.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleBiochimie
ISSN (print)0300-9084
General Medicine

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